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‘Sadhvi Pragya a mix of politics and crime’: Swara Bhaskar hits out at BJP

In remarks critical of the BJP, Swara Bhaskar said that Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was accused of murder and terrorism and that the BJP had seen fit to field her as its candidate from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 07, 2019 10:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Actor Swara Bhaskar on Monday hit out at the BJP saying that it had seen fit to field a terror accused as its candidate from Bhopal.
Actor Swara Bhaskar on Monday hit out at the BJP saying that it had seen fit to field a terror accused as its candidate from Bhopal.(Yogen Shah/HT Photo)
         

Actor Swara Bhaskar, who is not known for holding back her punches, on Monday lashed out at the BJP for having fielded Sadhvi Pragya Thakur as its candidate from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. In remarks critical of both the BJP and the Sadhvi, she referred to her as a “mix of politics and crime”.

“What Pragya Thakur represents in the election is harmful. She is a mix of politics and crime. I have come here to campaign against her,” news agency IANS quoted her as saying.

In remarks critical of the BJP, she said Thakur was accused of murder and terrorism and that the BJP had seen fit to field her.

“Thakur is accused of murder, of terrorism. Terror is an attempt to destroy harmony in society and the country. And the BJP has seen fit to field such a candidate,” she said.

Pragya Thakur, BJP’s candidate from Bhopal, landed herself into a controversy soon after she was nominated by the party, with her remarks about former ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, the Thakur had said that ATS chief Hemant Karkare died because she had cursed him. However, she took back her comments after wide-spread condemnation of her remarks.

“He (Hemant Karkare) died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr,” she said.

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts.

Swara Bhaskar will be campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party’s East Delhi candidate Atishi today, while fellow actor and AAP member Gul Panag will campaign in South Delhi for Raghav Chadha.

In the past two days, actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani had joined the AAP campaigning.

Bhaskar, Raj and Mevani had also campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, Bihar.

Delhi goes to polls on May 12. The results will be declared on May 23.

First Published: May 07, 2019 10:12 IST

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